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Jan 14, 2015
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French Jews considering move to Israel worry about a harder life there

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(Mourners hold placards at a cemetery during the joint funeral of Yohan Cohen, Yoav Hattab, Philippe Braham and Francois-Michel Saada, victims of Friday’s attack on a Paris grocery, in Jerusalem January 13, 2015. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)

As more and more French Jews nervously consider moving to Israel to escape rising anti-Semitism, many worry the Jewish state may not be as much of a promised land as they would hope.

Jan 14, 2015

French Jews considering move to Israel worry about harder life

PARIS (Reuters) – As more and more French Jews nervously consider moving to Israel to escape rising anti-Semitism, many worry the Jewish state may not be as much of a promised land as they would hope.

Three days of violence in Paris last week, when four Jews were among the 17 people killed by Islamist militants, has made “aliyah” – or “ascent” to Israel – the main topic among the country’s 550,000-strong Jewish community, Europe’s largest.

Jan 14, 2015
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Charlie Hebdo to publish Mohammad cartoon on front page

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(Satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo new editor in chief Gerard Briard (L) and columnist Patrick Pelloux comfort cartoonist Luz (C) during a news conference at the French newspaper Liberation offices in Paris, January 13, 2015. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer)

Charlie Hebdo will publish a front page showing a caricature of the Prophet Mohammad holding a sign saying “Je suis Charlie” in its first edition since Islamist gunmen attacked the satirical newspaper.

Jan 12, 2015

Netanyahu out of step with French leaders at Paris rally

JERUSALEM/PARIS (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu managed to ruffle a few feathers while taking part in the “Charlie Hebdo” rally in Paris on Sunday, an event his office initially said he would not be attending for security reasons.

Perhaps most awkward was his invitation to French Jews — alarmed by the Paris attacks and the killing of four people at a kosher supermarket — to migrate to Israel if they wanted, leaving French Prime Minister Manuel Valls scrambling to reassure the community it was safe and an integral part of France.

Jan 11, 2015
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Jewish Agency expects far more French Jews to move to Israel

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(Men hang an Israeli flag on a tree before a rally in Tel Aviv, January 11, 2015, saying “I am Charlie – kosher too”.  REUTERS/Baz Ratner)

Israel expects the number of French Jews moving there this year, which was already predicted to rise sharply from 2014′s record level, to accelerate further after the killings at a Paris kosher grocery, a senior official said on Sunday.